By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor
A new law in Michigan is intended to protect police from requirements to issue tickets to boost job performance results.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed into law a bill that prohibits an officer’s evaluation from requiring a predetermined number of citations. Ticket writing in general still could be considered. Previously HB5287, the new law took effect immediately.
Ticket quotas have been outlawed in Michigan for 30 years. However, since the late ’80s a loophole has allowed tickets issued to be used in evaluations of traffic enforcement officers, as long as ticket writing is weighed equally among other job criteria.
The Detroit News published a list of communities that appear to have taken full advantage of the exemption allowing ticket mandates. Cities had requirements for their traffic officers to write anywhere from 15 tickets a month to 60 tickets a month.
Sen. Glenn Anderson, D-Westland, has said that ticket quotas have no business being included in any evaluation of a police officer. The new rule outlaws its use.
“In effect, it would give the discretion to the police officer whether or not a ticket is warranted instead of a department having an unwritten, but well-known, policy that officers have to issue X number of tickets by a set period of time,” Anderson previously told Land Line.
Anderson pointed out that he has no problem with police issuing a ticket if it would have “the greatest impact to alter their driving habit.”
He also said that the rule change will free up officers to focus on ensuring the safety of the public.
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